Workshop on Yale’s Collection of East Asian Literary and Visual Materials “A Literary, Artistic Historian: Rai San’yō and the Modernization of Japan”

portion of japanese woodblock print showing a red seal and black calligraphy characters in upper left and black wash illustration of hilly landscape at right and bottom

Free but register in advance
Friday, September 15, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:15pm
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Room 38-39
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

In 1827, Rai San’yō (1780–1832) presented a history of Japan written in literary Sinitic to Matsudaira Sadanobu, a major figure in the Tokugawa shogunate. Also in 1827, San’yō, his family, and their friends exchanged poems and paintings that appear in a set of albums entitled Jūjun kagetsu (A Hundred Days of Flowers and the Moon), a rare manuscript version of which is now in the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

How did San’yō’s history-writing intersect with his literary and artistic pursuits? A key to this question lies in the literati ideals of the East Asian intellectual, shared across present-day China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to engage with a selection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary and visual materials in Yale’s collection to trace and consider the ways in which Sinographic academic and artistic practices—and not just Euro-American influences—propelled the complex political and cultural processes through which East Asian societies transformed into modern nation-states.

No Japanese language knowledge is required to participate in this workshop. Enrollment is limited to 12 Yale-affiliated participants on a first-come basis; registration is required. To register, please email with your Yale email address.
Acquisition of Jūjun kagetsu was generously funded by The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC) Multi-Volume Sets Grants Project (MVS) grant, 2016, the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, and the Council of East Asian Studies (CEAS) at Yale University.
This event is part of a series, 150 Years of Collecting Japanese Materials at Yale. A lecture will take place at Sterling Memorial Library on Sept. 14. See calendar listing.